Wine Press Northwest

2006 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

Outstanding! “From the opening whiff, this reveals bright aromas of raspberries, Bing cherries, blackberries and allspice. It’s a lively wine on the palate, thanks to flavors of charming cherries and ripe raspberries. From the entry to the rich midpalate through the lengthy finish, this wine provides great balance and true elegance.” (April 1, 2008)

Wine Enthusiast

2000 La Boheme Pinot Noir: 

88 Points “A good La Bohème, which seems to have lost its footing in recent vintages. Juicy, young and quite tart, it shows plenty of bright berry fruit and a bit of concentrated cassis. There is a distinct scent of resin or diesel. Could improve with time.” – Paul Gregutt (March 31, 2003)

Wine Enthusiast

2001 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

90 Points “This is a high-elevation Pinot, from the northern Willamette, and shows a different flavor set than the superripe, tannic, Zinny wines made further south. But it is very well made, firm and varietal, with a complex mix of herb, leaf and tart fruits, and will prosper with 5-7 years of cellaring.” – Paul Gregutt (October 31, 2003)

Wine Enthusiast

2002 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

86 Points Buying Guide. (October 31, 2004)

Wine Enthusiast

2005 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

89 Points “Elk Cove has kept a lid on the prices of its best Pinots, despite the inflation that has crept in elsewhere and without a surcharge for old vine fruit and superior winemaking. La Bohème wines always seem to be buttoned up upon release, but reward cellaring and demand attention. I find a little bit of leathery funk in this new release, but along with that is finely sculpted, tart and tangy red fruit, and a wine that is proportionate and detailed.” – Paul Gregutt (November 15, 2007)

Wine Enthusiast

2006 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

91 Points Cellar Selection. “La Bohème, now almost 25 years old, has been Elk Cove’s tète de cuvée for most of its life… as with all of Adam Campbell’s wines, it is finely sculpted, showcasing tart and tangy cranberry pomegranate, and rhubarb flavors with a finish that lands on a foundation of rock.” (July 1, 2008)

Wine & Spirits

2000 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

89 Points “Muscular, dense and briary, this wine combines New World power with finesse. The fruit is tinged in blue, the texture is supple and lush, with a fresh snapped twig quallity in the finish. Serve with your next sage-rubbed pork loin.” – Patrick Comiskey

Wine & Spirits

2006 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

92 Points “Ample, round and lavish in its oak…it’s packed with flavors of mocha, sassafras, and black cherry…serve with pasta or wild mushrooms.” (June 1, 2008)

Wine & Spirits

2009 La Boheme Pinot Noir: 

90 Points “Forward and spicy, leading with the scents of black cherry jam and red plum, this wine’s flavors are just as fruit-driven, with a pleasing hint of anise.” (April 30, 2012)

The Wine Report

2002 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

91 Points (October 31, 2004)

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2004 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

86 Points “Urgent aromas of wild strawberry, redcurrant and pomegranate. Displays a very nice interplay of supple texture and tangy fruit, the flavors veering to raspberry and strawberry but with weight and depth. Finishes on an energetic and spicy note of redcurrant. I like this style.” – Josh Raynolds (April 30, 2006)

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2005 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

90 Points “Bright red. Meaty cherry and cured meat scents are complemented by bright violet and musky earth tones. Fleshy red and dark berry flavors offer depth and good sweetness, with a gentle boost of minerals and citrus peel. Finishes on a bitter cherry skin note, with excellent length.” – Josh Raynolds (April 30, 2007)

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2008 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

91 Points “Dark red. Aromas of blackberry and cherry gain energy with air and pick up brighter notes of wild strawberry and raspberry. Open-knit red fruit flavors are nicely concentrated and seamless, with a subtle note of burnt orange adding a tangy edge. Very alluring today, with excellent persistence and lingering notes of dark berries and spices. This vineyard was planted in 1984 with Pommard clone cuttings from Elk Cove’s original estate vineyard.” – Josh Raynolds (July 1, 2010)

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2009 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

90 Points “Vivid red. Blackberry and cherry-cola on the fragrant nose. Fleshy and smooth in texture, with nicely concentrated dark berry flavors and slow-mounting spiciness. The smooth finish shows no obvious tannins, leaving behind notes of candied cherry and smoke. This drinks very well now and could handle rich red meat dishes.” – Josh Raynolds (July 31, 2011)

San Francisco Chronicle

2002 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

Panel’s Picks. “The Chronicle’s Wine Selection $30 and over.” (July 31, 2004)

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2006 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

91 Points “The alluring perfume is very expressive while the nose offers up aromas of rose petals, cherry, raspberry, spice box, and earth notes. On the palate, it is firm, layered, and intense leading to a lengthy, fruit filled finish.” – Robert Parker (November 1, 2008)

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2007 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

90 Points “… Slightly darker in color and more aromatic than its two siblings, this is a richer, more concentrated pinot that will evolve for 1-2 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2011-2019.” – Robert Parker (October 31, 2009)

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2008 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

91 Points “The 2008 Pinot Noir La Boheme sports a nose of wood smoke, damp earth, Asian spices, incense, and an amalgam of assorted black fruits. It is a mouth-filling, expansive effort with layers of savory fruit, impeccable balance, and a fruit-filled finish. It merits several years of cellaring and will have a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2023. Elk Cove Vineyards’ 2008 collection is first rate.” – Jay Miller (October 31, 2010)

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2009 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

90 Points “The current offering is dense for the vintage, intense, complex, and pleasure bent. This lengthy effort is likely to evolve for 1-2 years and should drink well through 2019.” – Jay Miller (October 31, 2011)

Restaurant Wine

2006 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

5 Stars. “Superb Pinot – best ever from Elk Cove. Fragrant and fine in aroma (plum, cherry, rose petal, vanilla), this is a full bodied, velvety, well balanced wine with a very long persistent finish…. Exceptional!” (April 1, 2008)